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When a prostitute is killed in Whitechapel, fears arise of another Jack the Ripper. Pitt finds incriminating evidence that points to a very wealthy and powerful family.
El asesinato ritual de una prostituta en una sórdida casa de Pentecost Alley, un oscuro callejón de Whitechapel, podría haber pasado inadvertido en la gran metrópoli del Imperio británico. Pero bajo el cadáver fue encontrada una insignia del club Fuego del Infierno -una misteriosa asociación integrada sólo por cuatro caballeros y disuelta seis años atrás- con un nombre grabado: Finlay FitzJames, ex miembro del desaparecido club e hijo de uno de los hombres más ricos, poderosos e inescrupulosos de Inglaterra. La aparente implicación del primogénito de tan insigne familia exige la inmediata intervención de Thomas Pitt, recientemente ascendido a comisario y encargado exclusivamente de casos con posibles repercusiones políticas o sociales...
Bodies that won't stay buried--is it a practical joke? Or murder? <P> Lord Fitzroy-Hammond of Resurrection Row has been dead and buried three weeks when he turns up sitting atop a hansom cab. Grave robbing, though a crime, isn't Inspector Thomas Pitt's usual fare. But when the macabre joke is repeated, and the man's corpse is found sitting in the family pew the Sunday following his second interment, Pitt begins to wonder if perhaps there's some message in it. The case grows increasingly bizarre as other disinterred bodies appear.<P> A new mother, Charlotte Pitt only takes a cursory interest in the grave robbing case until she hears Thomas mention the name of her late sister's husband, Dominic Corde, as a possible suspect. As Pitt follows leads into the slums and rookeries, Charlotte, too, is drawn into the politics and horrors of greed and exploitation. For Pitt and Charlotte, what begins as a mysterious case of musical corpses, becomes a deadly pursuit through the London underworld of pornographic photographers, brothels, and sweatshops.
¿Se trata de un accidente, de un suicidio? ¿O acaso de un asesinato? Averiguarlo será el objetivo del tenaz inspector Pitt y su perspicaz esposa Charlotte, y para alcanzarlo deberán recorrer un laberinto de adulterios, reputaciones dudosas, chantajes e incluso incestos que la alta sociedad londinense oculta tras un velo de virtud irreprochable.
Things are not what they seem in fashionable Rutland Place, where secrets that are never discussed at tea include murder <P> When her mother asks her help in finding a lost locket with a compromising picture, neither Charlotte Pitt, nor her mother, has any idea that the locket may be at the center of a bizarre chain of events leading to murder. Arriving at her mother's home at Rutland Place, Charlotte discovers that other residents of the exclusive neighborhood have also suffered similar small thefts. It all appears quite mild as crimes go--a light-fingered servant, perhaps. That is, until Mina Spencer-Brown, a woman known for her prying, is poisoned and dies.<P> Inspector Thomas Pitt quickly surmises that Mina's snooping might have led to her murder, but what secrets had she stumbled upon? And whose? As Pitt patiently struggles to break down the protective silence of high-born neighbors, Charlotte works behind the closed doors of society's drawing rooms to help unravel a mystery that reveals sordid secrets and the chilling, dark corners of human behavior.
Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authorsAn ancient scroll draws a bookseller into a chilling mysteryMonty Danforth finds the tin buried beneath a shipment of leather-bound classics. Inside is a millennia-old vellum manuscript written in an unfamiliar but unmistakably ancient language. Danforth tries to photocopy and photograph it, but he ends up with blank images, as though the ink were made of something impervious to modern technology. As the scroll's mystery enchants him, this hapless bookseller falls into a cutthroat conspiracy that he may never escape. Soon a dead-eyed old man and his granddaughter come calling for the scroll. Danforth refuses to sell them the manuscript, but they will not be the last to demand it. Powerful forces crave the secrets locked within this ancient document, and Danforth will survive only if he can master its power.
Diciembre de 1890: once días antes de Navidad, Clarice y su esposo, el reverendo Dominic Corde, llegan a la idílica aldea de Cottisham para hacerse cargo del rebaño del reverendo Wynter, quien se toma unas bien merecidas vacaciones.Con sus preciosas casas de tejados de paja, rodeadas de nieve, Cottisham es todo lo contrario de la lóbrega parroquia londinense que los Corde han dejado atrás. Pero mientras Dominic se dispone a dar una buena impresión a su nueva congregación, Clarice siente que algo no funciona, presiente que hay algún cabo suelto en las sonrisas de bienvenida de los aldeanos, que bien podrían estar ocultando algún secreto oscuro.Cuando un descubrimiento sorprendente confirma sus sopechas, Clarice no puede resistirse a ir hasta el fondo de la cuestión. ¿Es posible que el reverendo Wynter no sea lo que parece? ¿Hay alguna oveja negra en el rebaño? Pero una cosa es segura: Clarice está resuelta a descubrir la verdad. Aunque implique poner su vida en peligro.«Unos personajes finamente descritos que no podrían ser más adecuados a las costumbres y la sensibilidad de su época histórica, por la que Anne Perry demuestra de nuevo su viva y verdadera pasión.»The New York Times
La noche anterior, un joven y prometedor diplomático fue asesinado en el jardín de una mansión londinense: la residencia de la misteriosa amante egipcia de un importante ministro del gabinete. Y pese a sus protestas de inocencia, acaba de ser detenida por homicidio. ¿Por qué un caso que solo debería interesar a la policía, y en principio ya resuelto, requiere una investigación extraoficial llevada con la máxima discreción?En busca de una verdad que podría comprometer a las más altas esferas, Pitt deberá viajar a Alejandría, una ciudad vibrante y turbulenta, donde la semilla de la rebelión contra los británicos está siempre latente.Con su inimitable estilo, y los brillantes personajes del superintendente Thomas Pitt y su esposa Charlotte, Anne Perry nos sumerge en una extraordinaria historia de intriga política, pasión y conflicto internacional en el corazón de la Inglaterra victoriana.
In the first gray of a mid-September morning, Thomas Pitt, mainstay of Her Majesty's Special Branch, is summoned to Connaught Square mansion where the body of a junior diplomat lies huddled in a wheelbarrow. Nearby stands the tenant of the house, the beautiful and notorious Egyptian woman Ayesha Zakhari, who falls under the shadow of suspicion. Pitt's orders, emanating from Prime Minister Gladstone himself, are to protect-at all costs-the good name of the third person in the garden: senior cabinet mini...
Arriving in Constantinople in 1273, Anna Zarides vows to prove the innocence of her twin brother, Justinian, who has been exiled to the desert for conspiring to kill a nobleman. Disguising herself as a eunuch named Anastasius, Anna moves freely about in society, maneuvering close to the key players involved in her brother's fate, including Zoe Chrysaphes, a devious noblewoman with her own hidden agenda, and Giuliano Dandolo, a ship's captain conflicted by his growing feelings for Anastasius. As leaders in Rome and Venice plot to invade Constantinople in another Crusade to capture the Holy Land, Anna's discoveries draw her inextricably closer to the dangers of the emperor's treacherous court--where it seems that no one is exactly who he or she appears to be.
Includes an Introduction by Anne Perry and a New Afterword by Regina Barreca. Indisputably the greatest fictional detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes lives on--in films, on television, and of course through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's inimitable craft. These twenty-two stories show Holmes at his brilliant best. THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE THE NAVAL TREATY THE FINAL PROBLEM THE ADVENTURE OF THE DANCING MEN THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES THE CROOKED MAN THE RESIDENT PATIENT THE GREEK INTERPRETER THE ADVENTURE OF THE NORWOOD BUILDER THE ADVENTURE OF THE SOLITARY CYCLIST THE ADVENTURE OF THE EMPTY HOUSE THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY THE ADVENTURE OF THE SIX NAPOLEONS THE ADVENTURE OF THE PRIORY SCHOOL THE MUSGRAVE RITUAL THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP THE ADVENTURE OF THE SECOND STAIN THE ADVENTURE OF THE ABBEY GRANGE
In her new masterpiece featuring private inquiry agent William Monk,New York Timesbestselling novelist Anne Perry displays her prodigious writing talent. With insight, compassion, and a portraitist's genius, Perry illuminates the shifting tide of emotions encompassing Queen Victoria's London and the people who live there--aristocrats, brothel owners, thieves, Dickensian ruffians, and their evil keepers. She takes us through dangerous backstreets where the poor eke out their humble livings, and into the ...
In the firmament of great historical novelists, Anne Perry is a star of the greatest magnitude. First there were her acclaimed Victorian mysteries, sparkling with passion and suspense. Now readers have embraced this bestselling new series of World War I novels-which juxtapose the tranquil life of the English countryside with the horrors of war.<P> By April of 1915, as chaplain Joseph Reavley tends to the soldiers in his care, the nightmare of trench warfare is impartially cutting down England's youth. On one of his rescue forays into no-man's-land, Joseph finds the body of an arrogant war correspondent, Eldon Prentice. A nephew of the respected General Owen Cullingford, Prentice was despised for his prying attempts to elicit facts that would turn public opinion against the war. Most troublesome to Joseph, Prentice has been killed not by German fire but, apparently, by one of his own compatriots. What Englishman hated Prentice enough to kill him? Joseph is afraid he may know, and his sister, Judith, who is General Cullingford's driver and translator, harbors her own fearful suspicions.<P> Meanwhile, Joseph and Judith's brother, Matthew, an intelligence officer in London, continues his quiet search for the sinister figure they call the Peacemaker, who, like Eldon Prentice, is trying to undermine the public support for the struggle-and, as the Reavley family has good reason to believe, is in fact at the heart of a fantastic plot to reshape the entire world. An intimate of kings, the Peacemaker kills with impunity, and his dark shadow stretches from the peaceful country lanes of Cambridgeshire to the twin hells of Ypres and Gallipoli.<P> In this mesmerizing series, Anne Perry has found a subject worthy of her gifts. Illuminating the murderous conflict whose violence still resounds in our consciousness-as well as the souls of men and women who lived it-Shoulder the Sky is a taut, inspiring masterpiece.
A three-year-old unsolved murder could prove fatal for Thomas Pitt--and his family <P> When Thomas Pitt is required to reopen an unsolved murder case in exclusive Hanover Close, he doesn't know how dangerous it will be for his family--and himself. Three years before, Robert York, an important member of the British Foreign Office, was murdered. Pitt believes a mysterious woman may hold the key to the York's death, and his suspicion deepens when a York housemaid dies suddenly after a revealing talk with Pitt. Charlotte, meanwhile, goes undercover as a friend's country cousin to snoop around the drawing rooms of Hanover Close. <P> Disaster hits home when Pitt himself is accused of murdering the woman he'd been seeking and is thrown in prison. Only Charlotte and her recently widowed sister, Emily, Lady Ashworth, stand between Pitt and the gallows. Ignoring the danger, Charlotte advances her charade, diving deeper into the confidences of the York family and their friends, while Emily infiltrates the below-stairs of the York household by masquerading as Veronica York's new ladies maid. With Pitt in prison and a murderer among the inhabitants of Hanover Close, Charlotte and Emily play a deadly game. It is only a matter of time before the killer beats them at it.
Al inspector Pitt le encargan que reabra un espinoso caso cerrado tres años atrás. Se trata de la muerte en extrañas circunstancias de un hombre que trabajaba para el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, cuya viuda pretende casarse ahora con un colega de su difunto marido. Lo que el inspector y su sagaz esposa Charlotte ignoran es que detrás de todo ese turbio asunto hay un laberinto de vergonzosas relaciones sexuales e incluso un caso de espionaje internacional. «Perry convierte cada libro en un breve viaje por los universos parciales de la sociedad.» El Periódico
Deep in London's dangerous slums, Victorians transact their most secret and shameful business. For a price, a man can procure whatever he wants. But for one such man, the price he pays is his life. In sunless Water Lane, respected solicitor Leighton Duff lies dead, kicked and beaten to death. Beside him is the barely living body of his son, Rhys. The police cannot fathom these brutal assaults until shrewd investigator William Monk, aided by nurse-turned-sleuth Hester Latterly, uncovers a connection between them and a series of rapes and beatings of local prostitutes. But then the case takes an even more shocking turn.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Nurse Hester Latterly finds herself well suited for the task: accompany Mrs. Mary Farraline, an elderly Scottish lady in delicate health, on a short train trip to London. Yet Hester's simple job takes a grave turn when Mrs. Farraline dies during the night. And when a postmortem examination of the body reveals a lethal dose of medicine, Hester is charged with murder-punishable by execution.This notorious case presents detective William Monk with a daunting task: find a calculating killer among the prominent and coolly unassailable Farraline clan-and try to save Hester from the gallows.
The year is 1861. The American Civil War has just begun, and London arms dealer Daniel Alberton is becoming a very wealthy man. His quiet dinner party seems remote indeed from the passions rending America. Yet investigator William Monk and his bride, Hester, sense growing tensions and barely concealed violence. For two of the guests are Americans, each vying to buy Alberton's armaments. Soon Monk and Hester's forebodings are fulfilled as one member of the party is brutally murdered and two others disappear- along with Alberton's entire inventory of weapons. As Monk and Hester track the man they believe to be the murderer all the way to Washington, D.C., and the bloody battlefield at Manassas, Slaves of Obsession twists and turns like a powder-keg fuse and holds the reader breathless and spellbound. . . .
A riveting new Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novel, in which Anne Perry again proves her mastery of the people, the mores, and the politics of the Victorian era she has made her own. A general election is approaching and Thomas is called to monitor the bitter struggle for one crucial London seat. The Tory candidate is Charles Voisey, ruthless Number One of the Inner Circle and old enemy of Pitt. His Liberal opponent is Aubrey Serracold, whose wife, Rose, is passionately committed to a socialist agenda and...
In a London hospital, Prudence Barrymore, a talented nurse who had once been one of Florence Nightingale's angels of mercy in the Crimean War, meets sudden death by strangulation. Private inquiry agent William Monk is engaged to investigate this horrific crime-which intuition tells him was no random stroke of violence by a madman.Greatly helped by his unconventional friend Hester Latterly, another of Miss Nightingale's nurses, and barrister Oliver Rathbone, Monk assembles a portrait of the remarkable woman. Yet he also discerns the shadow of a tragic evil that darkens every level of society, and a frightening glimmer of his own eclipsed past.
Anne Perry's spellbinding Victorian mysteries, especially those featuring William Monk, have enthralled readers for a generation. The Plain Dealer calls Monk "a marvelously dark, brooding creation"--and, true to form, this new Perry masterpiece is as deceptively deep and twisty as the Thames. As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim's name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little--only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but--described as quiet and kempt--she doesn't appear to be a fallen woman. What sinister secrets could have made poor Zenia worth killing? And why does the government keep interfering in Monk's investigation? While the public cries out for blood, Monk, his spirited wife, Hester, and their brilliant barrister friend, Oliver Rathbone, search for answers. From dank waterfront alleys to London's fabulously wealthy West End, the three trail an ice-blooded murderer toward the unbelievable, possibly unprovable truth--and ultimately engage their adversaries in an electric courtroom duel. But unless they can work a miracle, a monumental evil will go unpunished and an innocent person will hang. Anne Perry has never worn her literary colors with greater distinction than in A Sunless Sea, a heart-pounding novel of intrigue and suspense in which Monk is driven to make the hardest decision of his life.
Exiled from her palace by a bloody coup, an empress travels the dangerous wilds of her kingdom in search of enlightenment--and righteous vengeance<P> The empress Tathea is awakened by the sounds of insurrection. The army, the aristocracy, and the royal guard have all turned against her husband, and stained the palace with his blood. Were she an ordinary ruler, she might follow him to the grave, but Tathea is a child of the wild lands. She comes from the desert, so to the desert she flees. Across the kingdom she travels, searching for shelter, friendship, and an explanation for the tragedy that destroyed her old life. As she fights to stay alive, she finds a book whose message might tip the scales in the battle between good and evil, changing the world forever. If her life is to have meaning, Tathea will have to spread the word.
La vigésima tercera novela del inspector Pitt.En la brumosa ciudad de Londres hay un hombre desangrándose. Se trata de un confidente de Thomas Pitt, y, al tiempo que la vida abandona su cuerpo gravemente herido, la relevante información que debería haber llegado a oídos del inspector se pierde sin remedio. Sin ninguna otra pista sobre el caso, Pitt sigue al presunto asesino hasta la pintoresca costa de Saint Malo, Francia. Por su parte, el supervisor de Pitt, VictorNarraway, ha sido acusado de robo y destituido de su posición. Con su mejor hombre atrapado en el extranjero y su honor gravemente comprometido, no tiene otro remedio que acudir a la inteligente y perspicaz Charlotte en busca de ayuda.Pero, mientras el matrimonio Pitt se afana en desentrañar sus respectivos misterios, una terrible conjura se forja en la oscuridad, una traición que ninguno de los dos podría haber imaginado jamás.
Someone in the Colonial Office is passing secrets to Germany about England's strategy on Africa. While Police Superintendent Thomas Pitt investigates this matter of treason, he is quietly looking into the tragic death of his childhood mentor, Sir Arthur Desmond. Pitt believes that Sir Arthur was murdered, and that the crime is connected with the treachery in the government. And when the strangled body of an aristocratic society beauty is found floating near lonely Traitors Gate, Pitt and his clever wife, Charlotte, begin to see clearly the pattern of tragedy and frightening evil that Pitt must deal with, at the risk of his career--and his life.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Anne Perry's very special world of mystery, passion, and danger has attracted an entire generation of readers to her bestselling Victorian novels. Treason at Lisson Grove, her first Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novel in three years, is a masterpiece, inspired by history and spinning on a razor's edge of tension, with a cast of characters as rich as the universe Perry evokes. The man who lies bleeding to death in a London brickyard is no ordinary drifter but a secret informant prepared to divulge details of a potentially devastating international plot against the British government. Special Branch officer Thomas Pitt, hastening to rendezvous with him, arrives a second too late, preceded by a knife-wielding assassin. As the mortally wounded man's life slips away, so too does the information Pitt desperately needs. The killer in turn flees on an erratic course that leads Pitt in wild pursuit, from London's cobblestone streets to picturesque St. Malo on the French coast. Meanwhile, Pitt's supervisor, the formidable Victor Narraway, finds himself accused of embezzling government funds. With Pitt incommunicado in France, Narraway turns to Pitt's clever wife, Charlotte, for help. The man who badmouthed Narraway and ruined his career with innuendo can be found in Ireland--so Charlotte agrees to pose as Narraway's sister and accompany him to Dublin to investigate. But unknown to Pitt and Narraway, a shadowy plotter is setting a trap that, once sprung, could destroy not just reputations but the British empire itself.From the Hardcover edition.